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EUROPEAN CITIZEN'S PRIZE 2014

WINNERS 2014

ENGLISH VERSION

1. AUSTRIA ............................................................................................... 4
Verein Respekt.net........................................................................................................................... 4
Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH, VHS Alsergrund1 ............................................................... 5
Mauthausen Komitee sterreich / Mauthausen Committee Austria ............................................... 6

2. BELGIUM .............................................................................................. 7
BEDNET ......................................................................................................................................... 7
Skills Belgium ................................................................................................................................. 8

3. BULGARIA ............................................................................................ 9
Young Volunteers from Varna......................................................................................................... 9
/ Hristo Hristov ............................................................................................... 10

4. CROATIA .............................................................................................11
Martina Culjak .............................................................................................................................. 11

5. CYPRUS ...............................................................................................12
Sevgul Uludag / Sevgul Uludag and Michalis Christofidis.................. 12

6. CZECH REPUBLIC ............................................................................13


Evropsk parlament mldee v R / European Youth Parliament in the Czech Republic ............ 13
Nadace Nae Dite ......................................................................................................................... 14

7. FRANCE ..............................................................................................15
Euradionantes (Radio Europenne Nantaise) / Euradionantes (European radio from Nantes) ... 15
Yves Pascouau for EuropeanMigrationLaw ................................................................................. 16
Je veux l'Europe ............................................................................................................................ 17
Jaccede.......................................................................................................................................... 18
Rodo D'me / Bulli Tour Europa ................................................................................................ 19

8. GERMANY ...........................................................................................20
Europische Gesellschaft fr Politik, Kultur, Soziales e.V. Diaphania / European association for
political, cultural and social issues ............................................................................................... 20
Werner Hohlbein, 'Wir sitzen alle in einem Boot fr mehr Toleranz' / Pushing the boat out for
more tolerance .............................................................................................................................. 21
Erika Krner-Metz and Gisela Berninger..................................................................................... 22
Demokratisches Ostvorpommern Verein fr politische Kultur e.V. / Democratic Western
Pomerania Association for political culture) ............................................................................. 23
Marianne Lck .............................................................................................................................. 24

9. GREECE ..............................................................................................25
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( ) / Centre for the Education and Rehabilitation
of the Blind (CERB), Thessaloniki Regional Office (former 'Ilios' School for the Blind,
Thessaloniki) ................................................................................................................................. 25
/ Diogenes NGO ................................................................................................... 26
/ For a Childs Smile ............................................................................. 27

10. HUNGARY .........................................................................................28


Kernyi Lajos ................................................................................................................................ 28
Atlatszo.hu..................................................................................................................................... 29
Probstner Jnos ............................................................................................................................ 30

11. IRELAND ...........................................................................................31


Blue Star Programme Teachers .................................................................................................... 31
Comhaltas Ceoltir ireann ........................................................................................................ 32

12. ITALY .................................................................................................33


Cittadini di Lampedusa ................................................................................................................. 33
SOSERM SOS Emergenza Rifugiati Milano ................................................................................. 34
Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie .................................................................... 35
SOS SCUOLA di ALVEARE CINEMA di Paola Rota e Paolo Bianchini / SOS SCUOLA by
ALVEARE CINEMA: Paola Rota and Paolo Bianchini ................................................................ 36
Maria De Biase ............................................................................................................................. 37

13. MALTA ...............................................................................................38


Malta Hospice Movement ............................................................................................................. 38

14. POLAND ............................................................................................39


Fundacja Pomocy Wzajemnej BARKA / BARKA Foundation for Mutual Help ............................ 39
dr Bartomiej Zapala ...................................................................................................................... 40
Anna Wolff - Powska ................................................................................................................... 41

15. ROMANIA..........................................................................................42
Societatea Timisoara / The Timioara Society .............................................................................. 42
Andrei Pleu .................................................................................................................................. 43

16. SLOVAKIA .........................................................................................44


MUDr. Eva Sirack, DrSc., prezidentka Ligy proti rakovine / Dr Eva Sirack M.D., president of
Liga proti rakovine (League against Cancer) ............................................................................... 44

17. SLOVENIA ........................................................................................45


Alojz Rebula .................................................................................................................................. 45
Spomenka Hribar .......................................................................................................................... 46

18. SPAIN .................................................................................................47


Sociedad Civil Catalana ............................................................................................................... 47
Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan de Dios / Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God.................... 48
Cocina Economica de Logroo ..................................................................................................... 49

19. SWEDEN............................................................................................50
Miljtinget / The Environmental Conference ................................................................................ 50

1. Austria
Verein Respekt.net
Association/organisation
Austria
Alserstrae 21-Nov, 1080 Vienna, Austria
office@respect.net
4314020162
+43 (664) 340 87 28
Austria
at national level
www.respekt.net is a versatile project exchange that aims to foster social engagement
against the growth of political or religious ideologies based on hatred which propagate
xenophobia, glorify violence or claim supremacy for a nation, race or religion. The
project bases its values on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It invites
people to seek a common solution to current challenges, with clear words and a
positive attitude. A further principle underlying the project exchange is that, if it is
made easier for people to become actively involved, more people will do so. It helps
all participants to become engaged in areas of interest to them by enabling people to
launch projects through the website, offer funding or donations, find partners and
motivate the public to act. Where necessary, project initiators are assisted and coached
by project scouts - from designing the content of a project to public relations support.
A Respekt.net Academy has also been created to help professionalise projects and
civic engagement by offering seminars. It also invites people to mark Respect Day
every year on 20 September.
Othmar KARAS

Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH, VHS Alsergrund1


Association/organisation
sterreich
Galileigasse 8, 1090 Wien, sterreich
office.alsergrund@vhs.at
+43 1 89174-109 000
+43 699 18917430
sterreich, Deutschland, Spanien, Polen
at transnational/European level
Women on the rise is a project from women of four different European countries
about women. Our common aim was to search for courageous women, who lived in
the 19th and 20th century and made a special contribution to womens emancipation
in science, improvement of womens rights and social status, or fought for public
recognition in arts and sports. This resulted in 100 womens portraits from Austria,
Germany, Poland and Spain. www.unless-women.eu
At the same time, getting
involved with womens biographies and comparing our findings, we could
differentiate the historical developments in the respective countries during these
centuries: war and peace, dictatorial regimes, national conflicts, drawing up of new
frontiers. It was an unstable Europe with shaky prospects to become a union. As coordinator of the Vienna team I am convinced that we established a successful crossborder co-operation among women of the generation 55+ in the spirit of common EU
citizenship. Most important for me was the strengthening of awareness among
participants all the four countries that only a united Europe can guarantee peaceful
social and political co-existence.

Ulrike LUNACEK, Michel REIMON, Monika VANA

Mauthausen Komitee sterreich / Mauthausen Committee Austria


Association/organisation
Austria
Obere Donaustrae 97-99/4/5, 1020 Vienna, Austria
info@mkoe.at
+43 1 212 83 33
Austria
at national level
Founded in 1997, the Mauthausen Committee Austria (MK) is a non-profit
organisation with no affiliation to a political party. It carries out important work in
commemoration of the victims of the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis. Working
together with the survivors' association (the Comit International de Mauthausen), the
Committee organises annual commemorative events on the anniversary of the
liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp and its satellites. Every year these
constitute an important international encounter for 10 000 to 15 000 people from
across Europe, enabling them to work through their experiences. Through its work,
the Mauthausen Committee aims to draw lessons from the tragic past and as a result
puts particular stress on protecting the human rights of all people, regardless of
nationality, political disposition or religion. It lays special emphasis on protecting
minorities and the resolute fight against all forms of fascism, racism, right-extremism
and anti-Semitism. With this in mind, the MK has led civil courage training sessions
and anti-racism workshops with over 30 000 young people in recent years. These
activities give concrete expression to the values set out in the Charter of Fundamental
Rights of the European Union.
Josef WEIDENHOLZER

2. Belgium
BEDNET
Association/organisation
Belgium
Bondgenotenlaan 134 bus 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
janssens@bednet.be
016 20 40 45
Belgium
at national level
Bednet is an organisation that caters for chronically ill childrens right to an
education. As many such children cannot attend lessons in a classroom, Bednet
ensures that they can take part in distance learning with their own classmates via a
live Internet link. The children are thus given support in the learning process and are
encouraged to have social contact. More than 1 000 chronically ill children have been
able to use Bednets free services since the start-up in the 2007-2008 school year.
Bednet took its commitment to a European level in 2014 by joining the European
LeHo project. With eight partners in Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK and Egypt,
Bednet is part of an international network for learning at home and in hospital by
means of ICT. It therefore gets a small amount of support from the Lifelong Learning
Programme. Its most important objective is to discover the needs in the field of
education of chronically ill children and to see what ICT solutions may improve these
childrens access to education. Bednet deserves European recognition for its
commitment and work to ensure that sick children are not deprived of their right to
education. Because of Bednets involvement in the LeHo project, the expertise that it
has acquired in Belgium can be shared with other partners in working towards a
possible European model for ICT education for chronically ill children.
Ivo BELET

Skills Belgium
Association/organisation
Belgium
Square A. Masson Jan-15, 5000 Namur, Belgium
info@skillsbelgium.be
+32 (0)81 40 86 10
/
Belgium
at transnational/European level
The not-for-profit organisation Skills Belgium promotes technical and manual trades.
It organises national competitions every year and European and worldwide ones in
alternate years. These competitions take in almost 45 trades and professions
representing all sectors: building, public works, industry, the motor industry, services,
IT, farming, the food industry, new technologies, graphic arts. Sharing, commitment,
integrity, excellence, openness to others and respect for cultural diversity are all
hallmarks of these competitions. The national and international competitions have a
threefold aim: -to encourage young people and trainers to excel by confronting them
with international standards; -to showcase and improve the image of manual and
technical trades and the technology industry in the eyes of a wide audience; -to give
the young competitors and their trainers a personal and professional experience that
will enrich them and their trade. Three competitions have already been held in
Europe: EuroSkills Rotterdam in 2008, EuroSkills Lisbon in 2010, EuroSkills SpaFrancorchamps in 2012. The next one will take place in Lille on 2, 3 and 4 October
2014.
Marc TARABELLA

3. Bulgaria
Young Volunteers from Varna
Group
Bulgaria
7 Ulitsa Petko Stainov, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria
varnasupz@abv.bg
+359 52 500 126
Bulgaria
at national level
In summer 2014, Bulgaria suffered a series of heavy floods which affected various
parts of the country, claimed lives and caused physical damage on a huge scale. At the
same time, they gave rise to a phenomenon to which I want to draw the European
Parliament's attention, namely volunteering. Those who rushed to the aid of the
victims included children with disabilities, Syrian refugees from the Harmanli camp,
representatives of Bulgaria's Jewish and Roma communities and dozens of volunteers
from all over the country. I would like to draw your attention in particular to the work
done by the disadvantaged young people from the Dr Anastasia Zhelyazkova Social
Vocational Training Centre in the city of Varna, who were the youngest and among
the most active volunteers and who joined in the task of clearing up the stricken areas.
In my view, their selflessness and the way they responded to the situation of the
people hit by the flooding are worthy reasons to name them European Citizens of the
Year. What they did was, primarily, an expression of active citizenship, which
contributes to promoting some of the most important of the European values:
solidarity and civic commitment. The spirit with which these young people pitched in
helped to rally Bulgaria as a nation around fundamental European values such as
mutual respect, friendship and tolerance. I very much hope that the selection panel
will appreciate the exceptional work done by these young volunteers, which will
contribute to strengthening the European spirit of solidarity, commitment and mutual
support among Bulgarians.
Momchil NEKOV

/ Hristo Hristov
Individual
Bulgaria
Krasno Selo Estate, Block 204A, Apartment 5, 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria
hristo.hristov.st@gmail.com
359899905215
Bulgaria
at national level
Through his work as an investigative journalist, Hristo Hristov champions freedom of
thought, conscience and religion as well as the freedom to be informed and to express
ones opinion. His work with documents from 20th century archives has repeatedly
laid bare the denial of these freedoms and the prevalence of repression during the
period of totalitarianism in Bulgaria. Hristov is the author of eight documentary
books, three documentary films and publications in other media on the theme of
coming to terms with the totalitarian past. He has published extensively about the
'Process of Rebirth' the renaming and relocation of Bulgarian Turks and Muslims.
Hristov is the founder of the independent specialist website desebg.com., which he
has maintained since 2011. His investigative work on the killing of writer Georgi
Markov in London in 1978 has been relayed and quoted in media outlets
internationally. Hristo Hristov is the only journalist who has won court cases in
pursuit of access to documents of the former Bulgarian State Security Service: in
2004 the Supreme Administrative Court ruled against the Minister of the Interior for
implicit refusal of access to information, and in 2007 it found against the Director of
National Intelligence. Hristov is actively involved in the Clean Voices civic
initiative for the opening of secret files in Bulgaria as part of the process of coming to
terms with the past, and he has energetically and consistently championed this cause
over recent years. Hristo Hristov and his family have been repeatedly bullied and
threatened on account of his independent stance as a journalist.
ndrey KOVATCHEF

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4. Croatia
Martina Culjak
Individual
Croatia
Sveti Duh 46, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
martina.nina.culjak@gmail.com
+385 955 042 58 e+011
Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
at transnational/European level
HelpBalkans is a crowdfunding platform which lists the profiles of families and
individuals affected by flooding in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in
order to facilitate direct contact between them and donors. The project arose from the
desire to put a human face on this natural disaster and to enable people who wish to
help to do so in a personal way. In practice it works in the following manner: the
donor sends a donation offer to a family via their profile. The family then receives a
notification that their donor will contact them and that their contact details have been
forwarded to the donor. From then on, the donor and the family are in direct contact.
The subsequent correspondence and delivery is monitored on both sides. The project
has thus far made it possible to provide significant financial support to a large number
of families, fostered new friendships between donors and those affected, and helped
provide furniture, job offers and countless other benefits. Using its website feature
which facilitates direct financial donations from any country on Earth, HelpBalkans
intends to expand beyond its existing boundaries in the coming months.
Davor SKRLEC

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5. Cyprus
Sevgul Uludag / Sevgul Uludag and
Michalis Christofidis
Group
CYPRUS
Nedjimi Avkiran 19, Nicosia, CYPRUS
caramel_cy@yahoo.com
+90 542 853 8436
00357 99 966518
CYPRUS
at national level
The Turkish journalist Sevgul Uludag began (2002) on a voluntary basis to investigate
and report on the unknown victims of the intercommunal violence sparked of in July
1974 in Cyprus, who were buried in unmarked or mass graves. As a result of her
work, swifter progress was made in launching an inquiry and having the graves
exhumed. She played a leading part in creating the Together We Can organisation
bringing together Greek and Turkish Cypriot families of unknown victims. In 2008,
she won the International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism award
for her investigative reporting. She is also a columnist for the Turkish Cypriot
YENIDUZEN and Greek Cypriot POLITIS journals and publishes articles on
sevgululudag.blogspot.com.
Michalis Christofidis writes poems concerning peace and human rights, universal
values and freedom. They have been published in both Greek and Turkish (for
example Red Jasmin, Outlook,and Together'). His life and work have been
devoted to highlighting the importance of mutual respect and reconciliation and
sending the message that peace can and must prevail in Cyprus. Michalis and Sevgul
have joined forces to proclaim the message that the pain caused by the bloodshed in
Cyprus is shared by all and should not serve as a justification for encouraging
blinkered nationalism.
Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS, Takis HADJIGEORGIOU

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6. Czech Republic
Evropsk parlament mldee v R / European Youth Parliament in
the Czech Republic
Association/organisation
Czech Republic
Vdesk 352, 14800 Prague, Czech Republic
veisova@eyp.cz
+ 4915163837300
Czech Republic
at national level
European Youth Parliament in the Czech Republic (EPM v R) is an independent, non
profit making and non political educational organisation. The organisation is led by
university students and its main target group is high school students. Every year, EPM v
R reaches over 1000 dynamic young people through its projects, helping them to
develop their soft skills, critical thinking and mastery of the English language. The main
objective of the organisation is to help young people to deepen their knowledge on how
the EU works.
In order for the organisation to achieve its aims, it organises several
types of event for students. In order to develop soft skills, it organises training sessions
and workshops with experts for its members. These events are for a maximum of 25
participants in order to ensure that speakers can devote enough attention to each
participant. The largest events organised by EPM v R are the sittings, which attract 120150 participants and are held three times per year. The sittings are held under the
guidance of Czech and foreign facilitators. During the sittings, the participants are divided
into working groups Each group has its own current political issues to discuss, and they
will create resolutions with proposals to resolve the problem. On the last day of the
conference, all participants meet at the General Assembly where their resolutions will be
discussed and voted on. The most recent and hugely successful project organised by
EPM v R was the 2014 Podbrady European Forum in July 2014. This event was
organised in conjunction with the city of Podbrady as part of celebrations of the 550th
anniversary of King George of Podbrady's peace mission.

Jan ZAHRADIL

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Nadace Nae Dite


Association/organisation
stavn p. 95,
181 02 Prague,
Czech Republic
nadace@nasedite.cz
+420 266 727 999
Czech Republic and EU
at transnational/European level
Nadace Nae Dite (Our Child) is a Czech Foundation that since 1993 has helped
vulnerable children in difficult situations, such as orphans, children that are
maltreated, abused, and handicapped. It also supports various safety lines nationally.
Nadace Nae Dite provides financial support, legal advice, educational activities,
legislative proposals and other means to further child protection. Working with a
number of international organizations, this Foundation also actively participates in
programs of child protection within the EU. They deserve the European citizen's prize
as a result of their work towards such an important cause and willingness to promote
closer work on the European level to further the welfare of children not just in the
Czech Republic, but throughout Europe and beyond.

Dita CHARANZOV

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7. France
Euradionantes (Radio Europenne Nantaise) / Euradionantes
(European radio from Nantes)
Association/organisation
France
rue Jeanne dArc 19, 44000 Nantes, France
communication@euradionantes.eu
+33 (0)2 40 20 92 51
+33 (0)6 76 49 94 01
France
at transnational/European level
Euradionantes, a local European radio station, was set up in Nantes in 2007. The aim
of the not-for-profit radio station is to talk about Europe in a way in which people can
relate to, with a view to bringing the EU and its citizens closer together. The
independent media outlet has an original approach to reporting current affairs: it treats
Europe as a neighbourhood, or in other words, examines how events unfolding in one
place tie in with what is happening in another. Other media outlets tend to take a
broader view, focusing on the EU institutions and current events in EU countries.
Euradionantes is also a school for European radio journalists, welcoming young
students from across the continent and training them in 'local European journalism'.
The practical course gives apprentice journalists first-hand experience on the ground,
placing them at the heart of the European integration process in a multilingual and
multicultural environment. More than 150 young people from some 20 different
countries have been fully trained in local-European journalism since Euradionantes
was formed. The radio station is also a participatory, democratic platform open to
people active in civil society who want to discuss and shape Europe. Moreover,
Euradionantes encourages cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe through its
pioneering musical programming. Its audience is growing year on year (77,700
listeners in 2013, according to Mdiamtrie), along with its website traffic, testament
to the station's professionalism and success.
Sylvie GOULARD

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Yves Pascouau for EuropeanMigrationLaw


Individual person
France
44 rue de la Gourmette, 44300 Nantes, France
+33(0)6.62.84.15.12, +33(0)9.50.15.55.50
France, Belgium, Europe and International
at transnational/European level
The task of enforcing EU asylum and immigration law falls to the Member States and
to legal professionals and practitioners. In practice, however, it is not a
straightforward one, not least because this area of law is constantly evolving. Keeping
abreast of developments in the field can be difficult, leading to a lack of familiarity
with the law and discrepancies in the way it is applied.
This creates problems on two levels: firstly, when legal professionals fail to apply or
enforce EU law, foreigners' rights under that law are not protected; secondly, EU law
imposes obligations on national administrations, with non-compliance constituting an
infringement of Union law.
www.EuropeanMigrationLaw.eu helps magistrates, lawyers, national administrations,
unions, social workers, NGOs, international organisations, academics and researchers
to implement and/or use EU law, offering them quick, easy access to EU law as it
currently stands and to the asylum and immigration case-law of the Court of Justice.
The www.EuropeanMigrationLaw.eu project is privately funded by its founders and is
managed by a team of volunteer practitioners and academics who firmly believe that
familiarity with EU law is essential if we are to protect migrants' rights and promote
the values of the EU, as set out in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Ensuring
universal application of these rules and policies is thus a prerequisite for closer
integration among the peoples of the European Union.
Sylvie GUILLAUME

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Je veux l'Europe
Group
France
avenue Taillade 2, 75020 Paris, France
pierre.arlaud@gmail.com
33688404926
France
at national level
Sixty famous artists, sportspeople, intellectuals and decision-makers talking about the
role that Europe has played in their careers. Over the 100 days prior to the elections,
these interviews and images travelled all around the Internet, reaching some 5 million
people, principally in the 18-34 age group, via social networks and generating the
highest volume of traffic on social networks in France during the elections (ahead of
institutions, associations and some media outlets).
This success is down to the young team at Je Veux l'Europe (www.jeveuxleurope.fr)
who launched a short-term, innovative, apolitical campaign across social networks
with the aim of reaching out to young people and non-voters in the run-up to the
European elections. Who better to talk about the EU than those who experience it
every day? The informal nature of the video messages recorded by these celebrities
and ordinary EU citizens alike made it easier for French people to identify with them.
The project was participatory. Everyone could play an active role in examining the
impact of the EU in their own neighbourhood, and could respond with a message of
their own.
During the election period, Je Veux lEurope received 42 000 views on YouTube, 11
000 likes on Facebook and 500 followers on Twitter. The campaign's success came
down to two factors: major partners such as La Croix and Ouest France that supported
and helped to spread the word about the project, and 20 leading figures from civil
society who came together to keep the momentum going.
Michle RIVASI, Michle ALLIOT-MARIE, Jean ARTHUIS

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Jaccede
Association/organisation
France
Passage Turquetil 10, 75011 Paris, France
contact@jaccede.com
+33 (0)1 43 71 98 10
France
at transnational/European level
Cre en 2006, Jaccede vise permettre aux personnes mobilit rduite (personnes
handicapes, femmes enceintes, personnes ges ou provisoirement immobilises)
doccuper une place part entire dans la vie de la cit, en dfendant le concept
daccessibilit universelle. Elle a mis au point le premier guide web collaboratif des
bonnes adresses accessibles Jaccede.com (Franais, Anglais, Allemand). ce jour :
29.000 lieux rfrencs en France, en Europe et linternational et 25.000 visiteurs
par mois sur le site. Une application pour smartphones a t lance (franais, anglais,
allemand, espagnol). En septembre 2013, Jaccede a lanc le projet Eurotrotters en
visitant Madrid, Barcelone, Londres, Bruxelles et Berlin pour : - dfendre des
principes daccessibilit pour tous homognes en Europe - crer et fdrer un rseau
associatif europen autour du projet de Jaccede, notamment par lchange de bonnes
pratiques - augmenter le nombre de bnficiaires du guide Jaccede.com tout en
augmentant limpact social, en gnralisant lorganisation de Journes de
laccessibilit - partager et changer les donnes afin de dvelopper un guide des
bonnes adresses accessibles de rfrence en Europe Jaccede organise des vnements
de sensibilisation comme la Journe de laccessibilit qui permet de vivre une
exprience unique en se mettant en fauteuil roulant le temps dun recensement des
lieux accessibles dans les villes (4me dition le 11.10.2014 en France et Belgique).
Philippe JUVIN

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Rodo D'me / Bulli Tour Europa


Association/organisation
France
Place Henri Dunant 3, 67 000 Strasbourg, France
Rodo d'me <rp.rodeodame@yahoo.fr>
+336 40 11 31 76
Toute l'Europe
at transnational/European level
The Bulli Tour Europa project involves a team of journalists taking a road-trip in a
1970s VW Kombi, fitted out as a radio studio, from which they broadcast reports as
they travel across Eastern Europe between May and October 2014. The project is run
by Rodo d'me, an arts collective and publishing house based in Strasbourg. The
Bulli Tour Europa team are currently in Poland, where they are meeting members of
the country's Jewish community, which is slowly rebuilding itself. This follows a stop
in Budapest, where a meeting with representatives of the Hungarian extreme right
offered a worrying insight into a country where nationalism is re-emerging, and a long
journey across Ukraine, a divided country where the hopes of the young insurgents
seem to be fading as the months go by. All the reports produced during this
journalistic road-trip across Eastern Europe, which started in May 2014, can be found
on the website (www.bullitour.eu). They paint a portrait of Eastern Europeans and
include first-hand accounts of their experiences. The University of Strasbourg
supports the project as an 'excellence initiative' (IdEx), particularly given its European
dimension and the study that it has made of current problems affecting Europe.
Edouard MARTIN, Anne SANDER

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8. Germany
Europische Gesellschaft fr Politik, Kultur, Soziales e.V.
Diaphania / European association for political, cultural and social
issues
Association/organisation
Federal Republic of Germany
Heilbronner Strae 7, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
info@diaphania.de
0049 7131- 577152
Germany, Greece
at transnational/European level
The European association Diaphania is a charitable, non-partisan, non-denominational
association. It fosters understanding between peoples, promotes European art and
culture and runs innovative projects that contribute to peace, humaneness and
tolerance. One of its priorities is to promote the acceptance of people with disabilities
in Europe. For example, for many years Diaphania has been supporting Estia Agios
Nikolaos in Galaxidi, Greece. To achieve its objectives, Diaphania cooperates with
other associations and European organisations with the same or similar aims. Many of
its projects and individual events make use of new ideas to promote the integration of
people from different backgrounds. These include its annual international New Year
celebration including the award of the Integration Prize in Heilbronn, as well as
exhibitions, and the series of readings in Stuttgart and Heilbronn. The New Year
celebration is held annually in cooperation with other associations and organisations.
Diaphania also offers its members and friends international concerts, study and art
trips and various international meetings and educational conferences.
Evelyne GEBHARDT

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Werner Hohlbein, 'Wir sitzen alle in einem Boot fr mehr Toleranz' /


Pushing the boat out for more tolerance
Group
Germany
Pestalozzistrasse 1, 30926 Seelze, Germany
werner.hohlbein@gmx.de
0049 (0) 511402718
Germany
at national level
When, in 2006, the publication in Denmark of cartoons featuring Muhammad led to
the torching of the Danish Embassy in Damascus, the words 'religious war' were
suddenly on many lips. The group felt that some sort of response was called for. Since
then, it has held annual events under the motto 'Pushing the boat out for more
tolerance', with the aim of breaking down barriers and building bridges between
people of different nationalities and from different cultures. A dragon boat regatta
draws on the power sport has to bring people together in order to foster tolerance. The
event also features a panel discussion on topical issues. As part of its campaign
against racism, anti-Semitism, religious fanaticism and xenophobia, the group
welcomes representatives from a different partner country every year; it has already
hosted delegations from Mexico, Turkey, Israel, Poland and South Africa. A
programme showcasing the culture of the partner country rounds off the event. The
focus is on young people from the partner country and youth groups from that country
are invited to join local people. Every year some 400 people attend the event in
Hanover, where guests are encouraged to sample regional specialities laid on by a
local centre for people with a disability. All proceeds go to an orphanage in the
partner country. 2015 marks the event's 10th anniversary. The group includes people
from various walks of life, from young trainees to publishing directors, and aims to
promote social cohesion.
Bernd LANGE

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Erika Krner-Metz and Gisela Berninger


Group
Germany
Reuthstrae 16, 83135 Schechen, Germany
koerner-metz@web.de
0049 - 8031 - 89797
0049 - 171 - 9537777
Germany
at national level
Whether it is a matter of winning our young people round to Europe or arousing their
interest in European integration, Erika Krner-Metz acts as a tireless advocate of the
EU. Once again, Vocational Business School II in Rosenheim has succeeded in
persuading the internationally active painter Ekaterina Zacharova from
Gmund/Tegernsee to accept this commission. Youth and art: that is Ms KrnerMetzs theme, which she has for years been pursuing in a unique manner by means of
various projects. As long ago as 2012, Ms Krner-Metz, together with the Russian
artist Ekaterina Zacharova, launched the project Panta Rhei-Komm mit (Panta Rhei
come and join us), in which more than 11 schools took part. In a cycle of pictures,
snapshots of people from European metropolises were shown. Inspired by them,
young people debated intensively with me and the painter about Europe, its
achievements and problems, and the past and future. The project is an impressive
example of how art links our young people to Europe, and how it generates interest in
other nations and understanding of them, as well as of European complexity. All this
is thanks to the untiring efforts of Erika Krner-Metz. Pupils from Vocational
Business School II have now committed themselves enthusiastically to a new creative
writing project, initially as part of their German lessons, and written texts to
accompany a number of paintings from the cycle Unterwegs.New York (On the
Move: New York). They have produced some remarkable poems, stories and
dialogues.
Angelika NIEBLER

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Demokratisches Ostvorpommern Verein fr politische Kultur e.V.


/ Democratic Western Pomerania Association for political
culture)
Association/organisation
Germany
Burgstr. 9, 17389 Anklam, Germany
info@demokratisches-ostvorpommern.de
+49 (0)3971 241736
Germany
at national level
The 'Western Pomerania: cosmopolitan, democratic, diverse' action alliance was
founded in 2012 as a response to the press festival organised by Deutsche Stimme, the
newspaper of Germanys National Democratic Party. Thousands of people formed a
human chain in a peaceful but determined protest against xenophobia. The event was
a great success and, since then the alliance's members and supporters have been
involved in a series of projects which emphasise Western Pomeranias diversity in
order to counter local neo-Nazi groups and rid the region of its neo-fascist image.
Local groups and networks have been set up to enable the alliance to respond quickly
to events. It uses peaceful, democratic tactics to fight hateful ideologies and employs
a non-violent approach deliberately designed not to exacerbate tensions. In so doing,
the alliance's members and supporters are taking a stand against the criminalisation of
lawfully conducted anti-Nazi protests. The European Agency for Fundamental Rights
has found that ethnic and religious minorities in the EU face racism, discrimination,
verbal and physical abuse and marginalisation. The action alliance and other similar
initiatives give practical expression to the values enshrined in the Charter of
Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Iris HOFFMANN

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Marianne Lck
Individual
Germany
Justus-von-Liebig-Str. 25, 66346 Pttlingen, Germany
lueck@esh-puettlingen.de
+49 (0)6806 480225
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary
at transnational/European level
Since 1996, Marianne Lck has been organising annual exchanges involving more
than 70 people from six different countries as part of a European youth exchange
network. The young people involved take part in a varied programme, which requires
a considerable amount of organisation, and they gain a real insight into the European
integration process. The project deserves every accolade. The young participants
come from Nova Sol in Poland, Zamberk in the Czech Republic, Saint Michel sur
Orge in France, Veszprm in Hungary, Fresagrandinaria in Italy, and Senftenberg and
Pttlingen in Germany.
Jo LEINEN

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9. Greece
& ,
(
) / Centre for the Education and Rehabilitation of the
Blind (CERB), Thessaloniki Regional Office (former 'Ilios' School
for the Blind, Thessaloniki)
Association/organisation
Greece
Vasilissis Olgas, 32 54641 Thessaloniki, Greece
hlios@otenet.gr, 2310-844888
Greece
at national level
The opening in 1947 of the Thessaloniki School for the Blind, the only institution
providing aid for the blind and visually impaired in northern Greece, was a landmark
event for the city as a whole. It provides education, vocational training and care for the
blind and visually impaired, from northern Greece and elsewhere in the country and has
for decades been helping them integrate fully within Greek society. From March 2011,
the School for the Blind became part of the Thessaloniki regional CERB, continuing the
admirable work commenced 60 years previously.
The Centre also houses a special kindergarten and primary school for blind pupils, the
Tiresias training centre for blind telephone operators, and provides 24-hour boarding
facilities with rooms for blind or visually impaired students. It also provides inter alia:

Training for the blind and visually impaired, teaching support and training in
everyday activities, Braille, English and IT skills;

Instruction in Braille for teachers;

Accommodation for students and pupils on its own premises and those of the
Thessaloniki regional CERB;

Help in organising sports events with facilities for blind athletes belonging to the
Pirsos and Ifestos teams;

Help in raising public and institutional awareness regarding issues concerning the
blind.

Theodoros ZAGORAKIS

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/ Diogenes NGO
Association/organisation
Athens
Favierou 24-26, 10438 Athens, Greece
info@shedia.gr
+30 213 023 1220
Greece
at national level
Diogenes NGO, an urban non-profit organisation, was set up in 2010 to help the
homeless and socially excluded to integrate or reintegrate within society. It is doing
this in number of ways.
Firstly, Shedia, like all other street newspapers, is not available from newsagents or
kiosks and can only be purchased on the city streets from approved vendors belonging
to vulnerable social categories, such as the homeless, the unemployed or those
obviously living below the poverty line. Vendors are allowed to keep 50% of the
proceeds, thereby providing them with a valuable opportunity to earn a minimum
income in a dignified manner and break out of the vicious circle of social isolation
and exclusion. Shedia' is part of the International Network of Street Papers
The national Homeless Football Team uses football as a means of social reintegration,
taking part in the annual Homeless World Cup.
A coffee is waiting for you gives needy people the chance to enjoy a free cup of
coffee paid for in advance by customers at one of the network cafes.
These initiatives are designed to support those of our fellow citizens who have been
hardest hit by the social and economic crisis and whose active participation enables
them to embark on the process of social reintegration.
Elissavet VOZEMBERG

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/ For a Childs Smile


Association/organisation
Greece
Zinonos, Eleatou 10, 15124 Athens, Greece
info@hamogelo.gr
210 3306140
Greece
at national level
For a Child's Smile is a voluntary non-profit organisation operating in Greece
seeking to uphold the rights of children and resolve their everyday problems. Its
activities include the provision of shelter for children at risk, a telephone helpline,
counselling and social integration services and assistance for destitute families, as
well as the organisation of information campaigns and cultural and sports activities.
The onset of the economic crisis in Greece has heralded a sharp increase in childrens
needs and hence the workload of this organisation. In the first half of 2014 alone, For
a Child's Smile' provided assistance for
57 056 children, 90% up on the first half
of 2013. We consider that the European Citizen's Prize would be a suitable form of
recognition for the remarkable voluntary work of this organisation, encouraging it to
continue its endeavours and raising public awareness of its activities, thereby helping
it obtain contributions and assistance.
Miltiadis KYRKOS

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10. Hungary
Kernyi Lajos
Individual
Hungary
lli t 145, 1091 Budapest, Hungary
szent.kereszt@freemail.hu
3613780356
Hungary
at national level
Lajos Kernyi (Szny, 1927 --- ). Roman Catholic priest, Piarist monk, parish priest.
Sent to the front when his secondary school studies were interrupted, then became a
prisoner of war in Russia. He returned home in 1945 in a hospital convoy. From the
time he was ordained until the present day he has fulfilled his pastoral duties in a
diocesan setting. He has been particularly active in ministering to the young and
visiting the sick in hospital. He was again subjected to harassment under the
Communist dictatorship, which attempted to make it impossible for him to perform
these tasks. In 1982 he began organising young people's activities in Egerszalk, but
in addition to being associated with these gatherings for 25 years, his name is also
attached to such events at Nagymaros. His motto for these was: 'I put my faith in you'.
He professes that there will always be more to the world than the world itself. That
there will always be more to history than history itself. That there will always be more
to people than the people themselves. It is this extra something that we must look for
in people and in the world. We should prepare ourselves with knowledge, pure moral
principles and a sense of vocation. This is what he tries to teach young people at the
gatherings and in his parish work. In hospitals he often meets attempted suicide
victims and people with psychiatric problems. He tries to convince them to transcend
their bitterness, become spiritually stronger and find meaning in their lives. This is a
noble European calling.
Gyrgy HLVNYI

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Atlatszo.hu
Association/organisation
Hungary
Dri Miksa u. 10, 1084 Budapest, Hungary
info@atlatszo.hu
36309772410
Hungary
at national level
Atlatszo.hu - meaning transparent in Hungarian - is a watchdog NGO for investigative
journalism to promote freedom of expression and information, media pluralism and
transparency in Hungary. Due to the investigations conducted by atlatszo.hu the
discrimination against Roma and homeless people was stopped in numerous cases and
financial abuses in distributing EU funding were discovered. The atlatszo.hu is one of
the last bastions in Hungary which stands for the freedom to hold opinions and to
receive an impart information without interference by public authorities. As a major
achievement the watchdog managed to provide the right of Hungarian journalist to
withhold the identity of confidential sources which was recognized later by the media
law of Hungary. As laid down in the Europe 2020 strategy the atlatszo.hu exerts civil
control on decision-makers, stand for European values such as media freedom,
democracy, human rights and transparency. Atlatszo.hu is member of the Global
Investigative Journalism Network of similar investigative nonprofit news outlets all
around the world. Bearing in mind the concerns about media freedom voiced by the
OSCE, the European Commission and the European Parliament as well, the
nomination of atlatszo.hu sends a strong signal to Hungarian citizens that the
European Parliament is behind us, behind the freedom of expression.
Csaba MOLNR, Pter NIEDERMLLER

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Probstner Jnos
Individual
Hungary
Balzspuszta 107, 6080 Szabadszlls, Hungary
jprobstner@gmail.com
36209217542
Hungary
at transnational/European level
Jnos Probstner, born in Budapest on 10 September 1943, is a potter and industrial
designer. In 1970 he graduated in design from the Hungarian University of Art and
Design. In 1976 he set up the International Ceramics Studio, which was incorporated
into university-level art education in 1986. This enabled him to host, for the first time
in Hungary, scholarship holders in art from five European countries in 1992. The
Studio welcomed world-famous artists and teachers and became unique in
international art education. Its renown spread, and it soon became a meeting place for
artists from both Western and Eastern Europe. Its collection now includes works from
nearly every country in Europe. Jnos Probstner worked as a visiting professor at the
University of Fine and Applied Arts of Iceland where he ran courses for a number of
years, and he has also taught visiting students from many countries in the EU.
From 2004 to 2007 he was a member of the 'Leonardo da Vinci- KNOWHOW'
programme to explore the introduction of new learning and teaching methods,
sponsored by the EU, which also appeared in book form. In 2005 he was granted the
title of 'Honorary University Professor' in recognition of his work. For the reasons set
out above, I propose Jnos Probstner, founder of the Studio, author, teacher and
creative artist, as Hungary's candidate for the European Citizen's Award.
Tibor SZANYI

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11. Ireland

Blue Star Programme Teachers


Group
Ireland
Lower Fitzwilliam St 8, 2 Dublin, Ireland
noelle@europeanmovement.ie
+353 (0)1 662 5815
32488609194
Ireland
at national level
Blue Star Programme teachers foster better knowledge and understanding of the
European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through
classroom projects and activities. Teams of pupils of all ages, from primary schools
all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out
projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and
creativity, and Institutions of the EU. Each participating school is required to carry
out projects and tasks, incorporating elements that include information about: The
foundation and development of the European Union The cultural and linguistic
diversity of Europe What the European Union does and how its work affects the lives
of citizens
Sen KELLY

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Comhaltas Ceoltir ireann


Association/organisation
Ireland
Belgrave Square 32, NA Dublin, Ireland
eolas@comhaltas.ie
+353 1 2800295
Ireland (North and South), EU wide and internationally
at transnational/European level
Comhaltas is the largest group involved in the promotion of Irish traditional music
and the Irish Language. It is world renowned and has members from hundreds of
cultures. This non-profit group teaches music, dance and language classes through a
network of branches. It provides a perfect setting for people to share their love of
culture. Comhaltas branches aid understanding of different cultures and traditions for
immigrants to Ireland. Comhaltas is also important for Irish emigrants, in the EU and
beyond, to make friends in their new homes. Many Comhaltas branches run exchange
programmes with other EU cultural organisations which assist and enhance the longterm, cross border and transnational efforts of other bodies. Comhaltas run an annual
Irish music competition, the Fleadh Cheoil. Musicians compete in qualifying rounds,
then in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hireann, one of the largest cultural festivals
in Europe. It attracts about 10,000 performers, 300,000 visitors and generates upwards
of 40m. In 2014 Comhaltas achieved a milestone in the Peace Process. Derry, where
residents are predominately in favour of a United Irish Republic, was chosen as UK
City of Culture and the All-Ireland Fleadh was a highpoint in a historic year of events.
It was the first time in 60 years that it was held in the north of Ireland. In the spirit of
inclusivity, a loyalist Apprentice Boys hall was used as a venue and loyalist and
Police Service flute bands took part in festivities.
Matt CARTHY, Martina ANDERSON, Lynn BOYLAN, Liadh N RIADA

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12. Italy
Cittadini di Lampedusa
Group
Lampedusa
Via Cameroni snc, 92010 Lampedusa, Italia
sindaco@comune.lampedusaelinosa.ag.it, 0390922975901
Italy
at transnational/European level

The citizens of Lampedusa are living with the tragedy of thousands of migrants,
welcoming them. They embody, in an exemplary manner, the best features of the Sicilian
people: solidarity, willingness to share and help, a welcoming nature, dignity and
decorum.

Ignazio CORRAO, Laura FERRARA


The nomination of the citizens of Lampedusa for the European Citizens' Prize must be a
way to remember their solidarity and efforts over these years of terrible tragedy on their
shores. The people of Lampedusa, year after year, have seen waves of desperate people
abandon their countries and risk their lives in the hope of a better one. However,
Lampedusa was not indifferent towards this tragedy, it did not refuse to help those people
in difficulty outside their front doors, it did not take refuge in intolerance. There are
countless examples of heroism and solidarity among these citizens, not only when the
island was constantly in the news, as happened after the tragedy of 2013, but also when
the cameras were turned off yet the boats kept coming. The people of Lampedusa are a
symbol for us all; living as they do in a place where their humanity is put to the test every
day, they have retained their capacity to welcome people who needed their help. The
citizens of Lampedusa have become an example of solidarity that is necessary and
possible for each and every one of us. The nomination of the citizens of Lampedusa can
act as a warning to draw attention to a very serious situation, which is awaiting possible
solution. It would also be an important message of solidarity and sharing on the part of
Parliament and the EU.

Renato SORU

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SOSERM SOS Emergenza Rifugiati Milano


Association/organisation
Italy
Corso Genova 21, 20123 Milano, Italia
soserm2014@gmail.com
0039/3334755664
0039/3334755664 (Presidente Susy Iovieno)
Italy
at national level
With the exodus of refugees, mainly Syrians, fleeing recent wars, Milan has become
one of the stopping places on the long journey to Europe. Whole families, but mostly
mothers and children, are arriving at the mezzanine of the main station in Milan after
exhausting journeys by boat, and then by train or car, before leaving again a few days
later. They arrive totally spent, often with nothing left to their name. The SOSERM
association came into being a few months ago when one woman, who then became its
president, noticed these refugees and did not turn her back on them. She put out an
appeal on the social networks, asking for contributions of basic foodstuffs and
medical items. The public responded positively and an association was formed with
70 volunteers who go to the mezzanine every day in rotating groups, from early in the
morning to early afternoon, to provide a first point of contact for refugees as they
arrive (food and medical items, mediation, information, games for children), before
they are registered and taken to reception centres and the authorities start to register
them. To date SOSREM has helped over 120 000 refugees. A huge demonstration of
solidarity which has seen a huge response from civil society and is now organised and
recognised by the agencies. This nomination is recognition for all those who daily
work to affirm the values of welcome, dignity and solidarity, the EUs founding
principles.
Patrizia TOIA

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Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie


Association/organisation
Italy
via IV Novembre 98, 187 Rome, Italy
libera@libera.it
0039 06 69770301
Italy and other EU countries
at transnational/European level
Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie started in 1995 with the aim of
calling on civil society to join the fight against mafia organisations and of fostering
lawfulness. Only we can drive forward a real change in society: it was on this basis
that the commitment to combating organised crime was born with the aim of calling
on civil society to join the fight against mafia organisations and fostering lawfulness
and justice. Libera today coordinates over 1 500 associations, groups, schools,
groundroots organisations, committed to building political-cultural and organisational
synergies in their own areas. It promoted the law on the social use of goods
confiscated from mafia organisations and the campaign to alter the penal code on vote
buying by the mafia. At European level Libera, together with Flare, has organised
Contromafie stati generali sulle mafie [countering the mafia, states general on mafia
organisations], a coordination meeting for organisations committed to opposing
organised crime. Their work to raise awareness has also led to a proposal for the EU
directive on goods confiscated from organised crime organisations. Their nomination
recognises their work and their daily commitment to the affirmation of democratic
lawfulness and social justice. The European Union has an opportunity here, through
this prize, of expressing its own support for this organisation, whose president and
members have been victims of mafia intimidation by Toto Riina, the boss of Cosa
Nostra, who has called from his prison cell for their death.
Mercedes BRESSO, Sergio Gaetano COFFERATI

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SOS SCUOLA di ALVEARE CINEMA di Paola Rota e Paolo


Bianchini / SOS SCUOLA by ALVEARE CINEMA: Paola Rota and
Paolo Bianchini
Association/organisation
Italy
VIA GIAN GIACOMO PORRO 4, 197 Roma, Italia
paola.rota@alvearecinema.com
0039 06 88588063
0039 347 2997771
Italy
at national level
SOS is the acronym for Scambiamoci Orizzonti per Sognare [lets exchange
horizons and dream], a campaign devised by Alveare Cinema to regenerate schools
through bottom-up cooperation, restoring their ethical and aesthetic value as a
common good, a community of people and a place to share, and helping to build up
European citizenship. The SOS campaign began with the story of two African
teenagers, Yaguine and Fod, who on behalf of all the children in the southern
hemisphere, wanted to ask the gentlemen-members and officials of Europe for the
freedom to attend school. On 2 August 1999 they hid in the undercarriage of a plane,
imagining the moment when they would deliver their letter to the European
Parliament. They were found, frozen to death, at Brussels Airport. That letter is now a
symbol for thousands of boys and girls who identified with the Fatti sentire [make
yourself heard] movement born out of the film Il sole dentro [the sun within]
promoted by Alveare Cinema. The letter was delivered to the European Parliament on
7 May 2013 along with 1 500 other letters from students. The project arose out of
students and teachers meeting there from a variety of educational institutions. This
project which, thanks to the empathy its instigators have succeeded in creating
between students from different schools through an extraordinary experience of
spontaneous twinning, has taken on deep significance is an example of best practice
that can be exported at EU level by involving other schools and student networks in
one huge opinion and solidarity campaign.
Silvia COSTA

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Maria De Biase
Individual
Italy
II Traversa Palazzone 2, 84070 San Giovanni a Piro, Italy
maria.gea@virgilio.it
0039 0974986667
0039 3484980501
Italy
at national level
Since 2007, Maria Di Biase has been carrying out a sustainable revolution in the
Teodoro Gaza comprehensive school in San Giovanni a Piro (Salerno, Italy) of
which she is head teacher. Her work was recognised in 2013 by the prestigious Agri
Civic Awards of the AiCare Agency. Italian schools are required to draw up a 'Plan of
Studies'. In Maria Di Biases school the Plan of Studies is based on transition and
includes in the school curriculum the development of tools that enable children to
steer, rather than just undergo, the inevitable future economic and social scenarios
related to climate change and the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels. The school is a
'zero waste' institute; it deals with composting, permaculture,
self-production laboratories and recovery of local knowledge and traditions, as well as
producing environmentally friendly snacks. Maria Di Biase places at the heart of her
innovative teaching two meaningful values of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of
the European Union. The first is the right of children to receive the protection and
care that are necessary for their well-being (Article 24 2010/C 83/02). This right is
applied far-sightedly, because it looks at the challenges that children will have to face
when they grow up. The second is the protection of the environment (Article 37
2010/C 83/02). These are essential issues for the education of young European
citizens who will be living in a future that will inevitably be different from today.
Dario TAMBURRANO

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13. Malta
Malta Hospice Movement
Association/organisation
Malta
Good Shepherd Avenue 39, BZN1623 Balzan, Malta
info@hospicemalta.org
35621440085
Malta
at national level
The entire Maltese Delegation has decided to nominate the Malta Hospice Movement
due to their extensive work caring for hundreds of patients and families over the
years. The movement has been caring for patients since 1989 and it currently cares for
over 900 patients and their families, most of which have cancer or motor neurone
disease and respiratory disease. The Maltese delegation has decided to nominate this
movement as they welcome everyone and value them as unique individuals, whatever
their race, religion or lifestyle.
David CASA, Therese COMODINI CACHIA, Miriam DALLI, Roberta METSOLA,
Marlene MIZZI, Alfred SANT

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14. Poland

Fundacja Pomocy Wzajemnej BARKA / BARKA Foundation for


Mutual Help
Association/organisation
ul. w. Wincentego 6/9
PL 61-003 Pozna,
Polska
tomasz.sadowski@barka.org.pl, barka@barka.org.pl
48616682300
48607622752
Poland, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Kenya and Canada
at transnational/European level
The BARKA Foundation was founded in 1989 with the objective of helping those
people who suffered most from the process of political and economic transformation
in Poland. Its founders, Barbara and Tomasz Sadowski, became pioneers in Poland
and active popularisers of the Social Economy across the world. Today, BARKA is
creating conditions to allow many hundreds of thousands of socially marginalised
people worldwide to develop, including through the establishment and development
of vocational training schools for the unemployed, promoting social entrepreneurship
and creating programmes for affordable housing. It educates and reintroduces people
into the workplace in 14 London boroughs. Each year, more than a dozen delegations
of observers from across the world who wish to implement BARKA social inclusion
programmes in their own countries visit BARKA's headquarters. The Foundation's
activities have been singled out for honours and distinctions on numerous occasions
and by various groups, institutions, media and governments. Among the awards it has
received are: World Habitat Award, Washington, 2009; First place in the Global
Development Network (GDN) competition in Beijing, held under the patronage of the
World Bank, 2007, and second place in Cairo in 2003; Times Magazine 'European
Heroes' Prize, 2003; Silver Rose Award, awarded by the European SOLIDAR
network, 2001; 'Pro Publico Bono' Award to mark the tenth anniversary of freedom
Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek Award, 1999; Title of 'Innovator for the Public Good'
from Ashoka an international organisation of innovators for the public.
Agnieszka KOZOWSKA-RAJEWICZ

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dr Bartomiej Zapala
Individual
Kielce, Poland
ul. Sciegiennego 121/48, 25-115 Kielce, Polska
bzapala@yahoo.com
509661653
48509661653
Poland
at national level
I nominate Dr Bartomiej Zapaa, a journalist and university lecturer, in respect of his
extraordinary service, diligence and meticulousness in raising awareness of the
benefits of being citizens of the European Union among the region's inhabitants. Dr
Zapaa is a master at translating 'eurospeak' into a language that the layman would
understand. As a journalist at 'Radio Kielce', he provides tens of thousands of listeners
with information on the EU each day in an interesting and comprehensible way. He
uses simple language to explain the most convoluted of topics. He is always
extremely well prepared. For five years he has been presenting 'Studio polityczne'
(Political Studio), which features debates on EU policies, and 'wiat na Wskro' (All
about the World), in which he sheds light on the most important processes occurring
in the EU. He is educating a new generation of euro-enthusiasts. As a lecturer at the
largest university in witokrzyskie Province the Jan Kochanowski University in
Kielce he organises courses for students on topics including European citizenship
standards and EU regional policy. He teaches students the very principle that he holds
to himself: it is not the harshness of the debate, but using the debate to gain a deeper
understanding of the issue that is important. He co-organises meetings of the Polish
network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, which promotes
dialogue between cultures and the objectives of the Barcelona Process through
cultural and intellectual exchanges. witokrzyskie Province is one of Poland's
poorest regions. It also has low levels of internet coverage, which makes it difficult to
access information on the EU.
Ra Grfin von THUN UND HOHENSTEIN

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Anna Wolff - Powska


Individual
Poland
Ul. Jarosawa Maciejewskiego 6/1,
61-606 Pozna
Poland
annapoweska@gmail.com
00 48 693 101 941
Poland, Germany
at transnational/European level
Anna Wolff-Powska is a professor of political sciences, historian of ideas, specialist
in Polish-German relations and a member of the academic staff at the Adam
Mickiewicz University. She chairs the academic board of the Centre for Historical
Research in Berlin. For many years, she has combined her academic career with
journalism. As a scholar, she has received many awards and distinctions for her
commitment to creating an atmosphere conducive to dialogue between the German
and Polish nations in order to eliminate mutual antagonisms and build lasting
cooperation for future development. From 1990 to 2004, Professor Wolff-Powska
held the post of Director of the Institute for Western Affairs in Pozna. While
directing the Institute for Western Affairs and chairing the Polish-German Forum at a
time of deep political and economic transformation both in Poland and in a reunified
Germany she organised many conferences and meetings that aimed to break down
barriers and overcome negative stereotypes in both countries. Anna Wolff-Powska is
also known as someone who popularises knowledge and education on politics in order
to provide a grounding for the development of civic values and local democracy. She
is one of the people who has been most instrumental in creating good relations
between Poland and Germany. Her contribution should be considered in the wider
context of laying the foundations for Poland's European integration, a process that
was significantly helped by the dynamic dialogue and cooperation that developed
between Poland and Germany.
Krystyna YBACKA

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15. Romania
Societatea Timisoara / The Timioara Society
Association/organisation
Romania
Goethe 2, 300006 Timisoara, Romania
alexrazvan@yahoo.com
40722566428
40722566428
Romania
at national level
Societatea Timioara (ST) was one of the first associations to be created in Romania
after the revolution there in December 1989. The ST continued the popular movement
for democracy in Romania, and established a programme for this in the form of the
Timioara Proclamation, which was issued in March 1990, while also fixing the key
steps to be followed in order to eliminate any tendencies towards continuing
totalitarianism. The defence of the Proclamation generated the largest anti-Communist
demonstrations in Eastern Europe since the wave of revolutions in 1989: the
'University Square' demonstrations. ST pushed for respect for human rights and for
Romania to join the Council of Europe and the European Union. It did this by
organising international meetings, as well as through street demonstrations to stop the
country going off-course on its way to EU membership. ST has sought to put into
practice the ideas advocated in the Timioara Proclamation by taking legislative
initiatives. It has drafted and promoted in the Romanian Parliament a law on
lustration, which prohibits former Communist party activists who were part of the
machinery of the totalitarian state from taking up top administrative posts in the new
democratic state. The law has been adopted by the Romanian Parliament twice, with
an overwhelming majority. ST has continued to work for democracy in Romania. It
has pushed for inter-racial understanding, and has sought to preserve the multicultural
and multicultural traditions of the Banat the so-called 'Timioara spirit'.
Lszl TKS

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Andrei Pleu
Individual
Romania
21 Plantelor Street, 23971 Bucharest, Romania
nec@nec.ro
(+4021) 307-9910
Romania
at transnational/European level
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the New Europe College (NEC) - Institute
for Advanced Studies. Since 1994, the NEC has contributed to the development of
human science research by means of its grants programme. The NEC has therefore
played a major role in steering Romania's leading academics, politicians and
administrators in a European direction, with financial support from European partners
in Germany, Austria and France. At the same time, the NEC has helped to stimulate
public debate on European issues in Romania through its conferences and
publications. The network of researchers to benefit from NEC support had gradually
extended to include neighbouring countries and across the world. The NEC has
therefore become a powerful hub of transnational cooperation in the field of human
science. I heartily recommend that the European Citizen's Prize 2014 be awarded to
the Rector of the New Europe College, Mr Andrei Pleu, founder of an institution that
has made a substantial contribution throughout its existence to developing a European
spirit in Romania and spreading European values in neighbouring countries and
across the world.
Cristian Dan PREDA

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16. Slovakia
MUDr. Eva Sirack, DrSc., prezidentka Ligy proti rakovine / Dr Eva
Sirack M.D., president of Liga proti rakovine (League against
Cancer)
Individual
Slovakia
Brestov 6, 821 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
siracka@lpr.sk
+421 2 5720 2906, +421 905 395 440
Slovakia
at national level
Eva Sirack has devoted her entire frofessional life to oncology. After 20 years of
clinical practice and research, in 1990 she founded Liga proti rakovine (LPR), of
which she is president, in Czechoslovakia. She drew inspiration for her projects while
abroad and applied her knowledge in Slovakia. Her most important projects include:
the construction of 'substitute homes' for the parents of children undergoing cancer
treatment in hospital; the creation of a helpline offering advice over the phone, by
mail or in person; and the construction of assistance centres in Bratislava, Martin and
Koice offering free services to patients, their families, the young generation and
members of the public. In 1997, she launched a fund raising campaign entitled
'Daffodil Day', which thanks to 19 years of public support helped LPR to become
the state's partner in dealing with healthcare issues. In 1998, she was a co author of
the book 'Oncological Education' for secondary schools, which educates the younger
generation on looking after their health. The project has been running successfully
until now and has even inspired its partners abroad. In 2010, she launched the project
'Psycho social care for cancer patients and their families', which involves having
psychologists provide professional services to patients and their relatives in hospitals
and oncology out-patient units. In this project, Ms Sirack made use of her many
years of experience, which taught her that it is also important to focus on the patient's
mental state of the patient and that doing so has a positive effect on treatment. The
costs of these services, which are highly praised by foreign partners, are borne by
LPR.
Ivan TEFANEC

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17. Slovenia
Alojz Rebula
Individual
Slovenia
Loka pri Zidanem mostu 42, 1434 Loka pri Zidanem mostu, Slovenia
alojz.rebula@guest.arnes.si
(+386) 35 6 842 08
Slovenia
at transnational/European level
Alojz Rebula, a Slovenian writer, playwright, essayist and translator, was born on 21
July 1924 in San Pelagio (empolaj), a village near Trieste. For over six decades his
work has straddled two cultures Slavic and Romance. The essence of the message
which radiates from his work has been the struggle for the rights of ethnic minorities,
for Rebula himself belongs to one such minority. Nurturing an endangered language,
one's own mother tongue, is something he sees as a value that has a European
dimension. His works have addressed issues of democracy, plurality and mutual
respect, and he has continually strived to overcome the dark shadows of the past and
work for the common good in the spirit of upholding human dignity. He has always
been a committed advocate of close cooperation between European writers,
something which he has helped to forge. In Slovenia he has played a role in
popularising contemporary European writers, while also promoting Slovenian
literature elsewhere in Europe. A man who is both spiritual and worldly-wise, he has
sought to confirm the European dimension of Slovenian culture while remaining a
strong point of reference for the 'Europeanness' of Slovenia. He has been culturally
and socially active throughout his career, co-editing the journals Sidro and Tokovi
and being a regular contributor to Zaliv, founded by Boris Pahor. In 1951 he was
arrested and kept under secret-police surveillance right up until the end of the
communist period. In 1976 he was banned from entering Yugoslavia following
publication of the 'Kocbek Interview', in which, together with Pahor, Rebula helped
bring the post-war killings in Slovenia to public attention.
Alojz PETERLE, Milan ZVER, Franc BOGOVI, Patricija ULIN, Romana TOMC

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Spomenka Hribar
Individual
Slovenia
Tomielj 33 a, 1292 Ig, Slovenia
spomenka.hribar@siol.net
38651385879
38651385879
Slovenia
at transnational/European level
Dr Spomenka Hribar, sociologist, philosopher and columnist whose wide-ranging
activities in public life over several decades have led many to call her the 'conscience
of Slovenian politics', has been a relentless fighter for recognition of human
uniqueness, respect for the sanctity of human life and democracy as a framework for
upholding human rights. These are the values which she began advocating as a
student, a restless intellectual who, in battles within the former Yugoslavia's one-party
system, promoted communication, reconciliation and openness as a path to liberation
and democratisation. She was the editor-in-chief of the Nova revija journal, which
heralded the onset of political pluralism and Slovenian statehood. In 1988 she played
an active role in the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights, and in 1990 was
elected as a member of the Slovenian parliament. Hribar is the author of many books,
collections, science monographs and articles. With a clear political stance and an
unambiguous commitment to humane European values, she has been being
instrumental in building an awareness that social conflicts and divergent views of
history and ideological differences can be overcome only through openness and
dialogue. Her groundbreaking essay Guilt and Sin spoke about post-war mass killings
in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia, a topic that for many years had been kept
secret. At a time when Europe and the world as a whole are riven by conflict and
violations of human integrity and rights, the life's work of Spomenka Hribar is now
more relevant than ever.
Ivo VAJGL, Tanja FAJON, Igor OLTES

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18. Spain

Sociedad Civil Catalana


Association/organisation
Spain
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 583, 8011 Barcelona, Spain
josep.bosch@societatcivilcatalana.cat
34934451793
34605858455
Spain
at national level
Sociedad Civil Catalana is an organisation set up by a group of Catalan men and
women anxious to continue and promote the creation of awareness and mobilisation
of people in Catalonia who support continued links with the rest of Spain and with
Europe. The organisation promotes important values such as concord, coexistence,
respect, tolerance and freedom of expression and dialogue. For these reasons and the
extremely valuable work which it carries out in Catalonia, I feel that this organisation
deserves the European Citizens Prize.
Santiago FISAS AYXEL

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Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan de Dios / Hospitaller Order of


Saint John of God
Association/organisation
Spain
Hospital San Juan de Dios de Sevilla, C/ Eduardo Dato 42 1 planta, CP 41005
Seville, Spain
concha.garcia@sjd.es
+34 954933870
+ 34 687371545
52 countries around the world
at transnational/European level
The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God has worked for 500 years in Spain,
Europe and throughout the world to protect and help the least fortunate. At present,
the Order is present in Europe in Germany, Austria, the Vatican, Spain, France,
Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic
and Slovakia. It runs a total of over 180 social care and health centres in Europe. It
has a strong social dimension, upholding the values enshrined in the Charter of
Fundamental Rights of the European Union, particularly those relating to social
assistance under Chapter IV of the Charter. The Hospitaller Order is made up of 1 124
brothers. With the assistance of some 50 000 collaborators, they are engaged in over
300 social projects around the world, caring for almost 20 million people on five
continents. In recent weeks they have gained greater visibility through public
awareness of the work carried out by the Brothers of St John of God in Liberia. Just as
the case of Brother Miguel Pajares, his transfer to Spain and subsequent death from
Ebola has made headlines not only in Spain but worldwide, the commitment and
solidarity which is the hallmark of the Orders work has always transcended borders
and limitations.
Gabriel MATO

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Cocina Economica de Logroo


Association/organisation
Spain
Rodriguez Paterna 21 Bajo, 26001 Logroo, Spain
direccion@cocina-economica.com
+34 941251730
Spain, Colombia, Bolivia, India
at national level
The Cocina is an establishment serving all in need with no distinction made as to sex,
age, condition, standing, race or nationality. Its objective is to help by selling cheap,
healthy food to workers, the sick, and in general anyone who does not have the means
to feed themselves or their family. While remaining true to its original aim, it has over
the years moved forward to meet new needs. These include providing full board for
workers and young students looking for work; old people living in difficult
conditions, with no friends or family and whose physical and psychological condition
has severely deteriorated; the homeless with alcoholism problems. Creating new
possibilities for housing and childcare. Ever since it began it has tried to propose
alternative solutions to the individual and collective problems of people who are
vulnerable or in a precarious situation, forestalling hardship through different projects.
Esther HERRANZ GARCA

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19. Sweden
ORDER OF PREFERENCE BY NATIONAL JURY:
Members of the Jury

Order of
preference

GUTELAND Jytte
FEDERLEY Fredrick
ANDERSSON Max
PAULSEN Marit

Nominee

Miljtinget

Miljtinget / The Environmental Conference


Association/organisation
Sweden
Myntgatan 2, 79151 Falun, Sweden
matilda.matsson@regiondalarna.se, +46727404583
Sweden
at national level
In a world in which climate and environmental challenges are growing by the day,
there is a pressing need for inclusive spaces where EU citizens can both get involved
and become inspired. The Environmental Conference is the Nordic countries' largest
environmental event, in which young people take the lead from planning to
implementation. It is supported by the Dalarna region and Gvleborg county council.
The aim of the Environmental Conference is to help people learn about and improve
their understanding of the challenges to society, both globally and locally. Its slogan
is 'For young people By young people'. The Environmental Conference has attracted
thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 19 since its inception in 1990.
The principles of tolerance, equality and respect are the cornerstones of the
organisation's vision and of its everyday activities. The Environmental Conference is
a year-round event thanks to the 'Sunflower project' that is run by conference
participants. The aim of the project is to make it possible for young people to organise
local follow-up activities after they have taken part in the conference. It gives them an
opportunity to bring about change in their local area in conjunction with other young
people who share their aims. They can turn their ideas and solutions for a sustainable
world into real events and activities. The Environmental Conference has been
awarded a national environmental charter mark by the Keep Sweden Tidy foundation
and works actively to reduce its climate footprint year on year. With this nomination I
should like to highlight the hard work done by the Environmental Conference. It gives
young people the practical tools they need to make a difference and get more involved
in efforts to make our world sustainable. It also sets a shining example for other
bodies and organisations in the EU to follow.
Fredrick FEDERLEY

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